Where Syrian refugees and immigrants live in Connecticut

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Fewer than two thousand Syrian refugees were welcomed into the United States last year, about 2 percent of the 70,000 refugees admitted into the country in all.

Only 42 Syrian refugees have settled in Connecticut so far, which makes up a little more than 1 percent of all the refugees living in the state.

An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in 2011.

After the Paris attacks, an increasing number of governors announced that they would not accept Syrian refugees in their states, though the federal government has authority over immigration. Gov. Dannel Malloy said Connecticut would stand firm on welcoming Syrian refugees provided rigorous screening were in place. On Tuesday night, he said the security threat posed by refugees pales in comparison to the danger of domestic gun violence.

So far, California and Texas have received the most displaced Syrians with 252 and 243 respectively.

But proportionally Arizona and Kentucky have the most, with 25 and 23 refugees per million residents respectively. Connecticut ranks sixth in most Syrian refugees per capita. [Our data]

About 3,000 refugees from across the world have settled in Connecticut since 2010.

Number of refugees who have moved to Connecticut since 2010
Excluding 13 countries that had fewer than 10 refugees.

Iraq

713

Burma

480

Somalia

407

Dem. Rep. Congo

371

Bhutan

253

Eritrea

240

Sudan

90

Afghanistan

73

Cuba

59

Colombia

45

Syria

42

Iran

32

Ethiopia

31

Liberia

15

Palestine

14

Rwanda

13

Burundi

12

SOURCE: Refugee Processing Center, U.S. State Department

The Obama administration has said that it intends to allow about 10,000 refugees from Syria into the country.

The process of being accepted into the United States involves applying through the United Nations and then passing screenings by the F.B.I., Defense Department and other federal agencies.

Syrian refugees placed in Connecticut
Placement city Refugees
Bristol 3
Hartford 13
New Haven 22
West Haven 4
Refugee Processing Center, U.S. State Department

Syrian refugees have been placed in just four towns in Connecticut.

Most of them live in or adjacent to towns with others from their country.

Update: One more Syrian refugee family is expected to join the New Haven community soon. They were to be settled in Indiana but state officials rejected their entry.

About 2,000 Syrians currently live in Connecticut, according to census figures. They usually make up less than 1 percent of the towns they live in.

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